Salted Caramel Thumbprints Cookies Recipe


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Salted Caramel Thumbprints Cookies make the perfect cookie for the second day of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series. Don’t ya think?

Salted Carmel Thumbprints Cookies | ©

Let me tell you, these little thumbprint cookies are absolutely the most amazing little Christmas cookie. They do take a little bit of effort, but they are so very much worth it.

The recipe makes about 100 little thumbprint cookies, just the right amount for serving when guests drop by for entertaining or giving as gifts while still having a few for yourself. Believe me, they are addictive, so you’ll definitely want to be sure you have a few extra.

Salted Carmel Thumbprints Cookies | ©

While I topped each of my thumbprint cookies with my homemade caramel sauce that I’d chilled, you can also just cut one of those cute little caramels you buy in the bags in half and top each of the cookies while baking. The caramel will be a bit chewier than my homemade caramel sauce I use in the cookies, but it does save a little bit of time.

Salted Carmel Thumbprints Cookies | ©

But, if you are like me and prefer using the homemade caramel sauce, I’d suggest that you make it in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Then, once your cookies are freshly baked, just scoop little bits of the chilled caramel into the thumbprint portion and allow it to melt from the heat of the thumbprints cookie.

Then, once they’ve cooled a bit, just sprinkle them a little bit of Kosher or sea salt and enjoy.


Salted Carmel Thumbprints Cookies | ©

Here’s my Salted Caramel Thumbprints Cookies recipe. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

Salted Caramel Thumbprints Cookies Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Salted Caramel Thumbprints Cookies make the perfect little cookie. Buttery thumbprints topped with delicious caramel make the best salted caramel thumbprints you’ll love.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 100 cookies


  • 1 cup (226 g) butter
  • cups (297 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) vanilla extract
  • 2 (100 g) eggs
  • cups (420 g) all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.65 g) kosher salt
  • 1 cup (344 g) chilled caramel sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine butter and sugar until creamy. Add in vanilla and egg until well-incorporated and then slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt. Shape dough into a ball. Cut into fourths and wrap each section tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  • Scoop 1 teaspoon of dough and then roll in between the palms of your hands until a ball, about the size of a walnut, has formed. Drop onto a cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of the dough ball to form a slight well. Repeat until all dough has been used.
  • Place sheet pans in the freezer for about 12 minutes to firm to prevent spreading during baking.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes until brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slighty.
  • Scoop ½ teaspoon of chilled caramel sauce to fill the center of the cookie.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Shirley Stinchcomb says:

    I’ve tried the caramel sauce twice and both times it just get’s hard crumbles. My cookies are made and I’m very frustrated I can’t get the caramel right not to mention the expense I’m wasting. What am I doing wrong? I thought I followed the recipe exact. First time I tried dark brown sugar and the second time I tried the light brown sugar.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I don’t use brown sugar at all, Shirley. I use the white granulated sugar. As soon as the sugar has melted into water, don’t stir again, just swirl the pan until the temperature reaches 350ºF. Be careful not to overcook. Then follow the rest of the instructions. Hope this helps.

  2. Pat Balderson says:

    Could I freeze these for 38 days till our sons wedding?

    1. Connie Yang says:

      5 stars
      Although these cookies are very soft when they come out, like any other cookie, they don’t taste fresh after even 20 days. I tried 20 days for a party, but when they came out, they were very hard and almost impossible to eat.

  3. Julie J says:

    5 stars
    LOVE these cookies. They were a big a hit and one I have to add to my Christmas Cookie list, at least everyone told me to make them every year. Cookie and caramel yummy. Soft cookie with caramel in the middle, drizzled chocolate over some of them and left some with just the caramel and salt. Thank you so much for sharing!